Category Archives: Media analysis

Sterling Silver Lining

This, from the NY Post, is pretty mean: This could wind up being a pretty short ban. Disgraced racist Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is battling cancer — surprising those around him by beating the final buzzer for as … Continue reading

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The Centrist’s Eternal Search For Bipartisan, Technical Blame

Neat graphic, but it misdiagnoses, and doesn’t capture the asymmetry of, the polarization: More context shows the asymmetry of the polarization:

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Obama’s a Muslim, and God is Hard of Hearing

Pat Robertson, ladies and gentlemen: Pat Robertson today asked God to “deliver” the US from President Obama before it’s too late. After implying that Obama is a Muslim, Robertson told 700 Club viewers: “We need to do something to pray … Continue reading

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Matters of Consequence

The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates and New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait are in the midst of a blogger debate that is definitely worth your time. The discussion was prompted by Paul Ryan’s recent remarks about an urban culture of poverty (“We … Continue reading

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Silver Star

I think a lot of liberals, in the wake of the Bush catastrophes, fell back to relying on data. But we still have to interpret the data reasonably. Dean Baker critiques Nate Silver: In his new and improved FiveThirtyEight Nate … Continue reading

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But He Has 100% approval Among Sunday Morning Talk Show Hosts

This should surprise nobody other than the sunday morning talk show hosts who invite McCain on for a weekly chat: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is the least popular senator in the United States with his constituents, according to a new … Continue reading

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Serious Discussion Of The Presidential Race, Circa 2011

This nicely encapsulates the GOP’s unseriousness, and the media’s catering to right-wing identity politics in lieu of accurately reporting the news: Franklin Graham on the 2012 Presidential Race  The Reverend discusses his feelings toward Sarah Palin and Donald Trump. Apr 22, … Continue reading

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Because we needed another reason not to watch

Blech: James Carville has landed at Fox News Channel. Little more than a year after ending his decade-long tenure at CNN, the democratic strategist will now serve as an on-air contributor. Carville, no stranger to FNC, appeared on the network … Continue reading

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Making Something Out of Nothing

The Fox News modus operandi is in full force today on the front page of their website, with a headline asking whether the federal government is singling out conservatives for prosecution. As much I hate directing traffic to that embarrassment … Continue reading

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“You lose your sense of human”

I’ve started and quickly discarded a few posts on the Christie bridge scandal, mostly because I don’t think I have anything to add to the existing coverage. I think this post from Francine Pose hits a lot of the key … Continue reading

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The First (and most misunderstood) Amendment

The First Amendment protects against government interference in the exercise of free speech. The First Amendment does not govern how a private media company makes intenral programming decisions. The Governor of Louisiana does not appear to understand the distinction: Louisiana … Continue reading

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From Munich to Tehran

I don’t yet know what to make of the interim nuclear deal reached with Iran. I’m still reading through the press coverage and trying to digest what the agreeement’s supporters and detractors (and those who find themselves somewhere in between) … Continue reading

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Lesson: Hurricanes Abroad Don’t Foment Resentment

Interesting editorial judgment:

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Image Is Everything

Alex Pareene read the news today, oh boy: Wow, is it “Paul Ryan is a serious, brilliant, policy-focused wonk with a dynamic and inclusive vision for the future of the Republican Party” season again already? It comes earlier every year. … Continue reading

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Raucous Debate

Funny stuff: “If Iran is serious, why not end this whole affair with an agreement instead of by force?” [Former Israel prime minister Ehud] Olmert said. “Perhaps we will reach the conclusion that nothing else worked, but we owe it to … Continue reading

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Get off of my side

Richard Cohen has, for many years now, been one of the more embarrassing supposedly liberal opinion columnists out there. But his column today is truly the apex of awful: Today’s GOP is not racist, as Harry Belafonte alleged about the … Continue reading

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To Kirsanow

Kirsanow (v.): to use a combination of hyperbole, misleading wording, omissions, non-sequiturs, unsubstantiated claims and outright falsehoods, all in support of a paranoia-driven right-wing political rant; to lie in order to characterize another individual as a liar. Example 1: hyperbole … Continue reading

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Falling in and Out of Love With You

A survey by YouGov finds that Fox News has fallen out of favor with Republicans: This year’s Red, Blue and Independent Rankings were measured using the Index score, BrandIndex’s aggregate indicator of brand health. Compared to last year’s list released … Continue reading

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